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Merge tags delta-iv and delta4

There is a tag delta-iv (1 question) and a tag delta4 (9 questions). I believe they should be merged with one as a synonym. I personally think delta-iv is better than delta4
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Best tag name for Al-Amal (Hope) or Emirates Mars Mission (EMM)?

For the awkwardly titled question Did UAE's Al-Amal (Hope) Emirates Mars Mission (EMM) launch directly into an interplanetary trajectory or did it spend some time in LEO? I've just created the tag ...
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Tags on the Spacex fairing catchers

There is currently a mr-steven tag, for the Spacex vessel that catches fairings (Wikipedia). This ship has since been renamed to Ms. Tree, and has a sister ship called Ms. Chief. I believe it would be ...
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Can a question be asked that has already an answer to a related question?

Can the question How long could a Oxygen/Nitrogen atmosphere last on the Moon? be asked if it has already an answer to this similar question ? With just the key words "atmosphere" and "...
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How to contact a member directly?

I'd like to contact a member directly. After going through help topics, etc. etc. I found nothing. All I can do is get a profile. Same for the Moderators... Any help would be appreciated. Tom PS There ...
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Are questions asking for literature recommendations on topic?

The title is most of the question, but I'm specifically wondering if it would be OK ask for literature recommendations on the relativistic rocket equation on the space exploration SE. I can't find ...
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Contingency as a synonym to Emergency?

I was thinking of adding 'Contingency' as a synonym of the 'Emergency' tag since there are quite a few questions that relate to contingency, and it could be included in Emergency. Emergency and ...
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What is “NIX” on the NASA Technical Reports Server?

As this question is more about resources to ask/answer questions than actual space exploration, I am asking it on meta. Feel free to adjust tags as appropriate. The NASA Technical Reports Server ...
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Should questions with little information due to classified nature be asked?

Recently I found out about the fact that in NET June, CASC is planning to launch an experimental space plane. This caught me off guard as I had previously never seen/heard anything about it and was ...
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Just the pictures answers the questions. A picture is worth a thousand words

In my answer was deleted. I think because of a misunderstanding of how stackexchange works and a misinterpretation of the rules. Letting perfect get in the way of the good. How do astronauts brave a ...
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ICBM and space-related weapons questions have been on-topic, why change now?

The following few examples demonstrate that the topics of ICBMs and space-related weapons can be well-received on this site: How to decide if the rocket most recently tested by North Korean is ...
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Best tagging for the newly named Nancy Grace Roman Space Telescope?

Just a few days ago I created the tag for the upcoming WFIRST space telescope for Will WFIRST and JWST be able to resolve each other? and today I have read it was renamed. From Space News: WASHINGTON ...
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Tags for pre-Sputnik topics

A small but significant number of past and future questions involve space technology prior to the October 1957 launch of Sputnik 1. There does not seem to be any dedicated tag for such topics. What ...
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Do we count monkeys as crew?

We use the tag crewed-spaceflight instead of manned because the latter might be interpreted as gender-specific. Do we also include the pre-Mercury flights that included monkeys and other primates as "...
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Should this question be protected?

The question: At what altitude would I have to go in a lighter than air balloon to be above all wind and just have the earth rotate underneath me? is currently protected to prevent spam and etc. ...
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Are “if Earth spun backwards” speculation questions a good fit for this site?

I restrained myself on the first one If the Earth spun clockwise, how would that affect Space Exploration? but now there's another If the Earth spun clockwise, where would the US have built its ...
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How can we best :“round up” the most sought-after Keplerian-to-state-vector answers so they are easier to find?

In Astronomy SE there is the question Where can I find/visualize planets/stars/moons/etc positions? and @barrycarter's community wiki answer has served as a valuable go-to source for finding helpful ...
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Should I rewrite my question to fit the upvoted answer that didn't address my question and then post the original as a new question?

My question Have light gases like hydrogen or helium been explored for ion propulsion? reiterates the question in the body of the text: Has the "ion sorcery" for light gases like hydrogen and ...
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How do I know if my screen shot of a figure from an archived or redistributed copy of a scientific paper is okay to include in a post?

I need some help understanding how to cite scientific literature, text and images. Good Stack Exchange answers should usually contain both links to supporting sources in order to avoid being ...
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Do we have a 300x300 logo that we can use for ads on other stack exchanges?

This stack exchange is advertised here: https://chemistry.meta.stackexchange.com/questions/4675/science-stack-exchanges-helping-other-science-stack-exchanges, but the size is a little bit different ...
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Space Sandbox? Good idea or a bad idea?

I've been a part of the Code Golf stack exchange for a very long time. To keep low quality posts to a minimum they basically require that you first post your question to a sandbox page which allows ...
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Is a question in relation to COVID19 and space travel too open ended?

I want to ask how this pandemic is expected to affect space travel and future plans for NASA and other space agencies. Is this a good question or would it be considered offtopic as its more about a ...
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Should we revise thresholds on the celestial mechanics question?

On What celestial mechanics questions are on topic here? I established some pretty strict thresholds since it is a controversial issue. However, activity has died off and both answers are pretty far ...
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How to deal with contrived questions

It is my understanding this is supposed to be a Question and Answer site, but a user who seems to want it to be a forum, so as they can't say "hey guys, look what I found" they persist in writing ...
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Repeated false-flag comments and votes, how to respond/reply?

I'm faced with a user who picks a small element of my question, posts an "answer" as a comment and (likely) down votes, and sometimes will vote to close as duplicate of something which does not answer ...
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Any opposition if I ask a series of questions for the 50th anniversary of Apollo 13?

Update: My series of questions honoring the 50th anniversary of Apollo 13 is now complete. An index of the questions in the series are as follows: Why did NASA collect so much data about electrical ...
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Are questions about the nomenclature of geologic features on Mars off-topic in Space Exploration?

I'm curious about the decisions to name these features: Dalu Cavus, Layl Cavus, Malam Cavus, Nat Cavus, Noc Cavus, Usiku Cavus, and Noctis Tholus in Noctis Labyrinthus. Why only some of the canyons, ...
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Eleven community wiki answers to a question?

The "oldie but goodie" question What are the choices today for orbital mechanics simulation software? has eleven separate community wiki answers (more if you count the deleted ones). Questions: ...
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What celestial mechanics questions are on topic here?

On our site we have the celestial-mechanics tag, which has 37 questions. We also have at least a few more questions beyond that that are also about celestial mechanics but have not been tagged. I ...
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Are the orbits of solar system objects suddenly now off-topic?

A five year old question Do the planets really orbit the Sun? which received 117 up votes and 2 down votes has now been closed by 5 users as off-topic. I've argued that To explore the solar ...
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2020 Community Moderator Election Results

Space Exploration's first moderator election has come to a close, the votes have been tallied and the new moderator is: They'll be joining the existing crew shortly—please thank them for ...
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Are questions about specific courses related to Space on-topic?

Had this question pop up today Have you attended the 3 day course "Space Electronics" by Dr Rajan Bedi, UK? Now, we allow some discussion about space education, and this seems related. ...
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Should I create a new tag?

There's a bunch of words in my question that don't have tags yet. Can I just add them all?
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Is GdD no longer a mod candidate?

Just making sure there isn't some glitch. All the other ones I have been reading about seem to be on the voting page.
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What's the best tag for the gas mixture that humans and animals breathe inside spacecraft, or one that they don't?

What's the best tag for the gas mixture that humans and animals breathe inside spacecraft, or one that they don't? atmosphere's definition says it's the stuff around planets. Questions regarding an ...
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Moon landing conspiracies - you can kind of understand them given this report? [closed]

I was reading today that, in research published in The Astrophysical Journal, molecular oxygen has been discovered in the Markarian 231 galaxy, 561 million light-years from Earth. A light-year, which ...
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Reverse the [neo] and [near-earth-object] synonym

Related to this question Right now we have near-earth-asteroid and neo, which has [near-earth-object] as a synonym. This is potentially confusing to users, and if there's any other NEO acronyms out ...
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neo (near-earth-object) and near-earth-asteroid tags, do we need both?

The neo tag has 21 questions and its excerpt says: Questions about Near-Earth Objects or NEO for short, a term describing meteoroids, asteroids, comets, man-made spacecraft, space observatories, ...
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Questions for Space Exploration Mod Nominees

If anyone has any questions for the Space Exploration mod nominees, please post them below in an answer and the candidates can edit in their responses.
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2020 Community Moderator Election

The 2020 Community Moderator Election is now underway! Community moderator elections have three phases: Nomination phase Primary phase Election phase Most elections take between two and three weeks,...
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Any way to mention Github Python packages or projects frequently used in questions and answers here?

Is there any way to mention to other users here Python packages or projects frequently referenced in questions and answers in this site? Just for example https://github.com/skyfielders/python-...
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Are exosolar trajectories of spacecrafts and their gravitational behaviour in Milky Way off-topic on Space Exploration SE?

I have asked these two questions 1, 2 that are related to spacecraft trajectories outside the Solar system. The primary reason why I asked them was to assist in my understanding and visualization (...
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Tag moxie? I mean MOXIE tag?

I've recently asked three questions related to MOXIE and created a moxie-oxygen-generator tag. I'm not sure that that is the best name for the tag that a tag is even needed; we already have oxygen ...
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Community Policy Repository

This is the official repository for general community policy decisions. On Posts What is the best approach to asking questions? Can I write an answer to my own question and accept it? When can I post ...
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Returning to moderation

I've been giving a lot of thought to the question of resignation over the weekend, and one thing that kept going through my head was Jon Ericson's blog post. Despite what he had to say about ...
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How to share someone else's answer here as a short post?

I recently asked a question in stackoverflow regarding simulation of suicide burn and I also got a wonderful answer from William Miller as well. I think the answer posted in stackoverflow is more ...
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I'm taking a leave of absence from moderating

Update 1/20/2020: called2voyage has resumed moderation, more info here. I’ve wrestled for some time with how to approach this issue, but I’ve finally come to a decision. The bottom-line is that it ...
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Cleaning up the [dust]

When reading the question Dealing with lunar regolith I looked at the [dust] tag and saw there's also a [space-dust] tag. Reading the first level descriptions it sounds like [space-dust] is ...
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2019: a year in moderation

It's New Year's Day in Stack Exchange land... A distinguishing characteristic of these sites is how they are moderated: We designed the Stack Exchange network engine to be mostly self-regulating, ...
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What is SE community attitude to accepting your own answers?

This help center states that answering your own questions is encouraged, and, if there's no other good answers, one can accept his/her own answer. This answer to a similar question suggests some ...

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